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FEC lodged plans for more than 600 flats on Dantzic Street in May

Victoria Riverside poised for go-ahead in bumper bill

Dan Whelan

Far East Consortium’s plans for a trio of towers comprising 634 apartments on the former Angelgate site in Manchester are recommended for approval, alongside Engie and Landcare’s 410 homes in Miles Platting, two returning co-living schemes and the contentious Warp & Weft. 

Oak View Group’s plans for a 23,500-capacity venue close to Manchester City’s Etihad Ground have also been lined up for approval. 


Victoria Riverside  

Victoria Riverside Bromley Street

The plans form part of FEC’s Northern Gateway project

Developer: Far East Consortium  

Architect: Hawkins\Brown 

Planner: Avison Young 

Victoria Riverside totals 634 homes across three towers, of 37, 26 and 18 storeys, linked by podiums. 

The development includes 611 flats and 23 townhouses and is the largest so far to  have come forward within the wider £1bn Northern Gateway masterplan being delivered by a joint venture between FEC and Manchester City Council. The project could see 15,000 homes built to the north of the city centre over the next 20 years. 

The Angelgate site became mired in controversy after the 2017 administration of its previous developer, Pinnacle, which owed overseas investors £24m in deposits for a planned 344-home project that never came forward. 

FEC bought the site at auction in 2018 for £5.2m. The developer is bringing forward two other residential schemes nearby, at Addington Street in New Cross, and in Collyhurst. 

Miles Platting homes  

Engie Miles Platting

One Manchester will operate the affordable homes

Developer: Engie Services and Landcare 

Architect: Levitt Bernstein  

Planner: Avison Young  

Developer Engie, alongside Landcare, part of regeneration firm NPL Group, want to build 410 homes on a 16-acre plot of land off Hulme Hall Lane, next to the Rochdale Canal in Miles Platting. 

A total of 303 units would be houses, with a further 107 apartments across four blocks. There would be 8,000 sq ft of commercial space incorporated into the scheme. 

Many of the homes would be delivered through the housing association One Manchester on affordable tenures, under the proposals. A total of 36 homes would be available for shared ownership with 34 for affordable rent. 

Additionally, the plans propose two acres of open public space. 

First Street co-living  

Downing 7

The project is appearing at committee for the third time

Developer: Downing   

Architect: SimpsonHaugh   

Planner: Deloitte Real Estate   

Officers have once again recommended Downing’s project for approval despite committee members stating that they were minded to refuse the scheme last month on the grounds that it wouldnegatively impact on the surrounding residential areas in Hulme. 

This is the third time that the scheme, which comprises 2,224 bedrooms across four blocks including a 45-storey tower – has come in front of Manchester City Council’s planning committee, after it was deferred in July pending a site visit. 

Downing bought the site, Plot 11 on the edge of First Street, from investment manager Patrizia last March for around £18m. The developer submitted plans in January, 

Some 44,000 sq ft of amenity and surrounding public realm are mooted under the proposals. The flats would be split between 11 accommodation types ranging from compact studios to five-bedroom apartments.   

Meanwhile, the co-living proposals include 1,113 apartments divided between one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-bedrooms, along with 1,091 studio apartments.   

Downing, which would construct the scheme, wants to start on site this year subject to approval. 

Water Street co-living 

Union Living Towers

The two co-living towers occupy a site on Water Street Vita bought from Allied London 12 months ago

Developer: Vita Group and Manchester Quays, a joint venture between Allied London and Manchester City Council 

Architect: Denton Corker Marshall   

Planner: Deloitte Real Estate   

Having bought two sites on Water Street in the St John’s area of the city centre from developer Allied London last year, Vita wants to build a pair of co-living towers comprising 762 apartments – totalling more than 1,600 bedspaces – under its Union Living brand.  

The first, a 36-storey tower comprising around 800 bedspaces, was approved by the planning committee in July. 

The second tower, at 32 storeys, was minded for refusal by councillors on the grounds that it comprised too many units – 870 bedspaces across 350 units – and lacked parking provision for disabled people.  

Officers said that the objections put forward in July’s meeting could not be substantiated and recommended that the scheme be approved for a second time last month. 

However, at August’s planning meeting, the committee once again minded to refuse the tower on the basis that the number and size of co-living units did not conform to current space standards and the terms set out within the Co-living in Manchester report which went before the council’s executive committee in July. 

The council maintains that the plans adhere to the required space standards. 

The application was subsequently deferred last month but is recommended for approval next week. 

Warp & Weft

Thomas Street Real Estate Investments

The development was designed by Jon Matthews Architects

Developer: Real Estate Investment Partnership 

Architect: Jon Matthews Architects 

Planner: Indigo Planning 

Manchester City Council’s planning committee in August voted unanimously for a motion of “minded to refuse” plans to demolish three grade two-listed buildings that would have unlocked the Northern Quarter site for a residential scheme known as Warp & Weft.  

The former weaver’s cottages were spot-listed in 2018 to block the redevelopment of the site after the developer, Real Estate Investment Partnership, won consent to bring forward a five-storey apartment block containing 20 units in 2017. 

The plans will return before the committee next week under a recommendation to approve from officers. 

The council originally approved REIP’s proposals in August 2017, saying the project “represents sustainable development and will bring significant social, economic and environmental benefits” to the area.    

A year later, Historic England granted the cottages grade two-listed status following an application from an anonymous individual.   

Then, in February this year, REIP lodged a listed building application for the demolition of the listed terrace – the application that was knocked back yesterday. 

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Get them all built! Well apart from Warp and Weft of course. Why can’t they just let them add another floor on the new blocks to make up for the listed bit…there must be a compromise there somewhere

By Steve

Hopefully they’ll all go through this time, Manchester isn’t a museum

By Dan

First street proposal is absolutely awful. If that dogs dinner gets approved and the warp and weft doesn’t its time to give up. Really looking forward to Warp & Weft, Victoria Riverside and the new Arena though, they will be fantastic additions to the city.

By Bob

A old mate of mine counted in June this year about 50 high rise building cranes overlooking Salford and Manchester. That’s all that’s being built, high rise expensive tower blocks that are not affordable for what you get.

By Darren born bred

Warp & Weft is a truly awful scheme, hopfully it gets binned by Manchester council but they seem to approve any old rubbish these days. Most of the tower blocks are just bland glass boxes

By Jon P

Can’t believe that awful first street proposal is minded for approval again. Awful street interaction ! Here’s hoping warp & theft finally gets through as that site is an eye sore and the listed cottages are nothing special

By James

@Darren, good point! I bet none of those cranes are building cheap low rise buildings!

By Anonymous

I am looking forward to Sherwood Forest being landscaped at the side of the Victoria Riverside project.

By Elephant

We need affordable properties, not £300,000 grand expensive 2 bed flats with not enough room to swing a cat in. A mate of mine owns a swanky flat in ancoats area and in his flat is a small 2seated settee and a double bed in his bedroom (he can’t get a 3seated settee or a king size bed because his flat is not big enough. He knows regrets buying the flat and he’s looked around the area for a bigger flat and basically they are all the same size. Little boxes for what you get. He’s now going to buy a big house in Salford with a driveway and a big front/back garden when he sells his flat.

By Born bred Darren.

How bad are Manchester architects?

Developers – pick someone fresh please.

By Brian

No, no, no, to co-living…..

By Mancman

Yes, Warp&weft is a great piece of design. Northern gateway is essential, also fulfilling ‘affordable’ and social housing provision, vital. City Centre is fair game for lush apartments, nobody lived there before! The northern gateway however is a different ball game. I hope they get this one right. The arena objections were practically childish,,,, build it. And the co~living towers,, I got reservations. I think build the 45 floor tower and stop there. Any news on St Michael’s?

By Robert Fuller

It’s ironic that the best proposal out of all of these is the Wrap and Weft scheme which is the only one which will be refused. Crazy.

By Monty

Are the First Street proposals a joke.. surely that’s a joke submission by someone joking… its a joke Right?

By manc

another nightmare from SimpsonHaugh and look at that render, looks like a bad student project… Please for goodness sake bring some talent to Manchester, work with Zaha Hadid Architects, why not? it would bring world class architecture and so much architectural value, no more ugly eye sores, when is this going to end?

By Michael

At last they are developing that area of Dantzic St. When is the rest of that area along Dantzic St and Dalton St., being developed ? Where is the travellers site being relocated to ? Are they going to clean up the Irk river and make it attractive ?

By George Roberts